Kindergarten REGISTRATION for September 2020 starts February 3, 2020  (no appointment necessary).

Are you New to Burnaby?

Have you just moved to Burnaby and wish to register your child into a public school for the upcoming school year?  Find out what school your child would attend by using the School Locator, then call the school during the last week of August for registration information to make arrangements to come into the school to register for the new school year in September.

For further registration inquiries, email:


Registration Procedures & Required Documents:

Under the British Columbia School Act, an educational program will be provided for every school-aged student who is ordinarily a resident in Burnaby.  Additionally, the Board of Education has established policy that allows for students who meet the district’s admission eligibility regulation and who reside outside of Burnaby or who are temporarily a resident in Burnaby, the opportunity to attend a Burnaby public school.  To establish enrollment eligibility, every student seeking admission to a Burnaby school is required to provide documentation establishing residency, guardianship, age and citizenship.

Students register at the school within the designated attendance area of where the student resides, or can make an application to attend another school or educational program within the district (see cross district transfers & out of district transfers below).  The School Locator can help you determine the attendance area your address is associated with.

There are a number of factors and priorities that determine a student’s placement in a Burnaby school.  Priority for the upcoming school year will be given to applications received during the month of February.

Additional ranking criteria will be used to determine admission if space in a desired school or district program is limited.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION specific to your child:

Kindergarten students
Students new to district
Student Transfers – cross district and out of district
Students going into Grade 8
Newcomers to Canada
International Students
Residents With Uncertain or No Immigration Status


Language Program Options require an application.

Early French Immersion is a language program option for students entering kindergarten or grade 1.
Mandarin Language Arts is a language program option offered at Forest Grove Elementary for students entering kindergarten through to grade 7.

For Early French Immersion, begin by finding the school that offers this program within your designated catchment. Then register at the school designated as your catchment school (regardless of whether they offer French Immersion or not) and include with this registration form, a district language program application.

Late French Immersion is an option for students entering grade 6. A district language program application must be submitted to your current Burnaby public school or the school that offers this program.

For more specific details on placement priority for District Language Programs:  LEARN MORE


New to CANADA?

Are you new to Canada with a valid Citizenship & Immigration Canada Work or Study Permit, or Refugee Claimant Document? To begin the eligibility process to register non-fee paying international students, you must BOOK AN APPOINTMENT.